Members of the Wisconsin Legislature were absent for a good portion of 2020, but they still claimed more than 555-thousand dollars for traveling to, and working in, Madison. Chief clerks for the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly released the records Tuesday for per diem expenses. They were claimed even though lawmakers never convened for a floor session over the last eight months of the year. The Legislature adjourned just before the coronavirus pandemic assumed control of the country in March. They convened in April to pass a COVID relief bill, then spent the rest of the year on the campaign trail. Wisconsin lawmakers claimed around 800-thousand dollars in expenses in 2018 – the last previous campaign year.

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